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Addressing Creationism

Created by Rebecca Teed, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

This Earth history module is intended to assist science faculty who are teaching Earth history, evolution, or plate tectonics by providing them with access to solid information about creationism and about teaching science to students who may have creationist beliefs.

Creationists in the College Classroom

According to a recent Gallup poll, more Americans describe themselves as creationists than as evolutionists (Brooks, 2001 ).

Learn More about Creationism Here.

Why Do Creationist Beliefs Hinder Earth History Education?

Reasons to Justify Geologic Time, Evolution, and the Rest

How Can Earth History Instructors Teach Creationist Students Effectively?

If an instructor intends to teach evolution and geologic time in a scientific manner, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Fossil shell on matrix
Fossilized shell on matrix, penny for scale. Details

Science is a tool, so it is most important to show students how it works and how to use it. Convincing students of the validity of other people's scientific findings must come afterward.

Resources

These include reference about creationism and about teaching evolution and geologic time to students, including creationists.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Cathy Manduca, Mary Savina, the National Center for Science Education and four reviewers who contributed sources and ideas.


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